A month ago I met up with @Cynsa and @Windy for brunch at Tai Chi Jianbing's pop-up at Nabe. Cynsa had been through this drill before and wisely advised us to not be there right at the start, as the staff seem to need a little more time to get ready for opening. At 10am on that Sunday, there were two other tables occupied.
Orders are one crepe apiece, rather than a pair. Ordering one of the "Old Street Original", $8.50, and one "BBQ Pulled Pork", $13, jianbings were plenty for the three of us to share, mostly because the pulled pork was so overstuffed. To make these spicy, a scatter of dried red chile pepper flakes was embedded in the exterior of the crepe, just enough to give these a decided warmth.
Lacking much experience with the geographic permutations of jianbing styles, I'll simply say that the parts that should be crunchy were crisp enough and the soft parts, tender. The original was slathered with a bit too much sweet bean paste for my druthers, but that's probably a personal thing. While I preferred the original to the BBQ pulled pork jianbing, I give high marks to the juicy and tender pulled pork, besting the output of some top pitmasters.
Service was well-intentioned, if a little scattered. All in all, a satisfying outing. I'd return happily.
Tai Chi Jianbing
1325 9th Ave,
San Francisco, California 94122
(Inside Nabe Restaurant)
Tue - Sun, 9:00am - 2:30pm